4 Easy Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bathroom
Stylish—and super-useful—ideas for working with what you've got
Someday, somehow, we're going to live in a house where the bathroom is the stuff of dreams—you know, the kind with an expansive walk-in shower, his-and-hers sinks, a standalone claw-foot tub, and wall upon wall of copious built-in storage. But until we win the lottery, we'll have to make do with the rather more intimate surroundings of our current bathroom situation. No matter! We're nothing if not resourceful, and armed with the four design tips below, it's easier than ever to make every inch count. So break out that tape measure, pour yourself a drink, and take a good hard look at your small-space bath. Let the design transformation begin.
DITCH THE PEDESTAL
If a lack of storage is keeping you from achieving the bathroom you really want, consider a console sink. Unlike a pedestal, which takes up valuable real estate without putting it to good use, a console allows you to stack towels or baskets of toiletries neatly for easy access.
A little space goes a long way, especially when it's within arm's reach of your sink. Store small, aesthetically pleasing curios here (think makeup, candles, and perfume) here and leave the drawers and cabinetry for less attractive wares.
You'd be surprised what you can hang from a perfectly positioned peg: loofahs, robes (or a shirt that needs steaming), and yes, towels. Add a few of them in a row, as shown here, or in clusters of two or three to add an eye-catching yet utilitarian edge wherever necessary.
What if you have no shelving or cabinetry to speak of? Make the most of your counter space by arranging a neat vignette of necessities (towels, soap, perfume) in a tray next to the sink.